Pyramid by Henning Mankell
And Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries

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At last, a key addition to the Kurt Wallander mystery series: the book of short mysteries that takes us back to the beginning. Here we meet Wallander the twenty-one-year-old patrolman on his first criminal investigation, Wallander the young father facing an unexpected danger on Christmas Eve, Wallander on the brink of middle age solving a case of poisoning, the newly separated Wallander investigating the murder of a local photographer, and Wallander the veteran detective discovering unexpected connections between a downed mystery plane and the assassination of a pair of spinster sisters. Over the course of these five mysteries, he comes into his own as a murder detective, defined by his simultaneously methodical and instinctive work, and is increasingly haunted from witnessing the worst aspects of an atomized society.

Written from the unique perspective of an author looking back upon his own creation to discover his origins, these mysteries are vintage Mankell. Essential reading for all Wallander fans, The Pyramid is also a wonderful showcase for Mankell’s powers as a writer “whose works transcend their chosen genre to become thrilling and moral literature” (Michael Ondaatje).
 

About Henning Mankell

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Bestselling author Henning Mankell has received numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association's Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Tolerance Prize. His Kurt Wallander mysteries are global bestsellers and have been adapted into the PBS Masterpiece Mystery! series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh. He divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique. Ebba Segerberg has translated One Step Behind, Firewall, and Before the Frost by Henning Mankell (all available from The New Press) and Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
 
Published September 23, 2008 by New Press, The. 402 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Education & Reference, Crime. Fiction

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Meanwhile, The Pyramid offers a handful of Wallander stories mostly set in the investigator's hometown of Ystad on the southernmost tip of Sweden, a blustery, treeless landscape which Mankell calls "a Baltic Texas".

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A collection of short stories and novellas fill in the “missing years” at the beginning of hard-boiled detective Wallander’s career in contemporary Sweden.

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The fictional character whom Wallander most resembles is Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe.

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I picked up The Pyramid very eagerly, once upon a time, thinking it was the first book in Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series — it says "The First Wallander Cases" on the front, after all.

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Recently in a bookstore in Singapore (of all places, almost literally the polar opposite of Malmo, Sweden, where the Wallander series is set) I stumbled upon Mankell’s Italian Shoes, a novel about a disgraced Swedish surgeon who lives alone on a remote island — and then discovers in old age that ...

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His first volume involved a Wallander case in 1990 when Wallander was a senior detective 42 years old.

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